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WASHINGTON – Donald Trump has spent more than $1 million exploring a run for president in 2016.

Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Trump, told the New York Post, “The electoral research was commissioned. We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf.”

Trump insists he’s not really interested in running for president, but people are urging him to run.

“Everybody tells me, ‘Please run for president. Please run for president.’ I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along,” Trump reportedly said last week at the Oakland County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi, Mich.

“I’d be happy if President Obama did a great job. I’m a Republican, but before anything, I love this country. I would love to see somebody come in who is going to be great,” Trump added.

Cohen said, “At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs. The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing.”

Cohen also said that if Trump did run for office, “He would be required to turn over control of his company either to one or all of his children or to a trust.”

Trump considered running against Obama in 2012 but eventually decided against it.

He told the Michigan crowd that Hillary Clinton will be the likely Democratic nominee, and if Republicans “don’t pick the right person, it will be a landslide.”

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